Hello, good morning! Aw it's great to see you, thanks for stopping by. Yes do come in and make yourself at home, we can have a mince pie and a brew and chat a while....
Did you see the wreath on my front door as you came in? I'm ever so chuffed with my wreath this year, I wasn't intending on getting one so big, as to be honest I normally can't afford them, but this one was only £6 from the supermarket. Yes, I know, quite a bargain. It's been beautifully made and looks fresh and evergreeny just like my tree. The ribbon that was on it wasn't very nice and actually it fell off, so I used some wired gingham ribbon instead.
I made the little felt and cotton decorations about three years ago now I think, when the Little People were small (age 1 and 3) and when looking after them was very much a full time, exhausting job. Time for stitching and crafting was pretty much non existent back then, and once they were in bed for the night I was always so tired I never had the energy to get creative. But I can remember sitting in my old kitchen after the Little People were in bed, stitching these bit by bit, night after night and really enjoying it too.
We did old fashioned paper chain making on Saturday :: very early before breakfast and still in our pyjamas (we tend to do a lot of things still in our pj's around here), and it was a lot of fun.
I was forced to watch the Little People get licky and sticky with these, was told in the strictest terms that they were not for Mummy to do, even though I desperately love making paper chains and even resorted to begging. Note to self :: buy my own personal private for-mummy-only stash next year ;o)
I am thinking that I may well leave these chains up after Christmas, I love the colours and the frivolous nature of them, makes me smile.
Apart from the tree, and the door wreath, and the paper chains, my other Christmassy bits are reserved for the two fireplaces. You can look at this post to see what my fireplaces usually look like. One of my favourite bits of christmas is the whole stocking thing. I just love it.
At each end of the mantel above our open fire, we have these cheery snowmen-hooks to do the business of holding the stockings. Did I make the stockings? Well....the stockings themselves were bought very inexpensively from a supermarket, so technically speaking, nope, I did not do any stocking construction. But I did do the embellishing. A closer look? Yes, by all means, do take a closer peek at my handiwork....
....appliqued cottons with little buttons and sequins. So much fun to do, every bit stitched with love. This is the fourth year these stockings have been brought out now, and I sincerely hope they have many many more years to come. Don't think you can ever be too old for a stocking.
As well as the fairy lights, I do like to have candles along the mantel. I use jam jars with little tealights and some homespun stitchy prettiness.
Shall we look at the other end of the room now, check out my other fireplace??
My table is looking quite festive, my fireplace too...
...I have these coloured fairy lights on the mantel all year round, but the other bits and pieces have been changed. Crochet hearts, Summer photos, shells, feathers, jugs and flowers all packed up to make way for Christmassy bits.
I do love wreaths, love the whole idea of them. I like the way they make a room/home feel so cosy and welcoming. I've got some ideas in my mind for making some wreaths next year :: it's one of those things that I've been meaning to try out and haven't yet got round to. If you like wreaths as much as I do, you have to check out this Flickr group, and this too, for a huge amount of wreathy loveliness :: it's fabulous :: wreath-tastic!
Aww look at those cute wooden stockings! This is my solution to the how-to-display-christmas-cards dilemma. Our cards get pegged onto these ribbon hangers (cute little wooden christmassy pegs do the job) and there they hang without getting in the way of anything else. I find Christmas cards a mixed blessing to be honest. Both sending and receiving has it's issues. In fact I've still got mine to write, they usually only just make it out in time for Christmas.
It's been lovely having you visit, do you think my home is looking Christmassy enough? I know it's taken me long enough to get with it, but I admit I am finally beginning to feel the excitement now. May even have another mince pie with my lunch, put some Christmas music on. Yeah, think I will, think I'll go and sit by the tree, eat mince pies and crochet a little this afternoon. Hmmm yes, I'm veeeeeeeeery excited because I've just started on something new. Just a little in-between-blankets crochet project to tide me over the holidays. Can't wait to show you